Wayne Lundgren has become the first pitcher since 1986 to win the prestigious Helms Award.
Dating back to 1962, the Helms Award is regarded as Australian Baseball’s most prestigious award; and is awarded based on a players merit in Claxton Shield competition.
Previous award winners include; been awarded to players such as David Nilsson, Ray Michell, Doug Mateljan, Don Knapp, Brad Harman and Neil Page.
2010 saw one of the most tightly contested Helms Award polls in many years; with 2 votes separating each of the three nominees.
However, the winner of the 2010 Helms Award - polling close to the maximum in all 6 quality outings to see him lead all comers with 30 total votes and become the first pitcher to win the Helms award since Victorian Lindsay Orford in 1986……..was New South Welshman, Wayne Lundgren.
Winner: Wayne Lundgren (RHP – NSW Patriots)
Runner Up: Paul Mildren (LHP –
Paul Mildren announced his return to the forefront of
Runner Up: Michael Collins (Catcher –
Without the benefit of his hometown
Making his debut in Round 3; Collins made an immediate impact hitting a home run and driving in 3 runs in his first game for SA.
From that point on Collins simply devoured opposing pitchers; compiling a gaudy .417 season batting average while leading the league in Home Runs, slugging percentage and On-base Percentage; as well as ranking highly in nearly all other offensive categories.
Most impressive however was a remarkable stretch where Collins hit safely in 9 straight at bats, while slugging 4 home runs and knocking in 11 RBI.